Hands-on with the Acer Aspire R7 Ezel Mode Laptop

Acer unveiled three new mobility products today in New York, some of which are sure to be head turners. It takes a lot of effort to come out with unique form-factors these days, but Acer has nailed it with the new Acer Aspire R7. That is because the Acer Aspire R7 laptop features a first of its kind design. With the R7, the company has literally moved the trackpad to the back of the keyboard. This repositioned keyboard allows the touchscreen display to be brought forward, so that the touch experience feels more natural. The HD display is also able to flip, reverse, lie-flat or float. The display itself is a 15.6″ Full HD 1920×1080 touch screen. Of course, flipping the display down to lie-flat, means that it can also work as a tablet. Acer has made this design possible with a special ezel hinge which helps support the ezel mode for bringing the display closer. The device also has support for notebook, display and pad modes. And you get all of these form factors in a sleek unibody aluminum chassis with a brushed metal hinge, that is complimented by a soft touch finish bottom for a secure grip. Other unique features for the R7 includes the inclusion of a Dolby Home Theater v4 sound system with four 8 watt speakers, so that you’re getting a great audio experience at any angle.

The Acer Aspire R7 will become available on May 17th. And those who pre-order the laptop at Best Buy between May 3rd and May 16th will also get a free download of STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME for PC as part of Acer’s marketing partnership campaign with Paramount for the upcoming film, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which not so incidentally, also opens on May 17th. Pricing will begin at $999.

Acer also announced the Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook convertible powered by Intel’s latest core processors. This convertible packs in an IPS display with 10-point-multi-touch, and it weighs just 3.06lbs and measures just .77″ thin. Similarly to the R7, the P3 can also lie-flat for carrying. It also however can detach from its keyboard, so that it’s able to easily transform into a dedicated Windows 8 tablet. Pricing for the P3 will begin at $799 and goes on sale today.

On the Android front, Acer also announced the Iconia A1. This tablet, with its 7.9″ display, is described as a “one hand” tablet. It also sports an IPS display for wider viewing angles and a battery life of over 8 hours. Under the hood, the system is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor from MediaTek. And unfortunately, the resolution is just 1028×768, but the display is still very acceptable for a budget tablet. But perhaps most of all, consumers will appreciate its affordable price point of just $169 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16gb model. Oh, and for an additional $80 or so you’ll be able to get built-in 3G, and that makes the value especially sweet. The Acer Iconia A1 should go on sale next month.